Moments was Ayumi Hamasaki’s 32nd single. It was released on March 31, 2004 and reached number 1 on the charts with over 157,000+ copies sold. It would go on to sell over 310,000+ copies in all. It was the first single to be released in both CD and CD+DVD only editions.This is also the first single in Ayumi’s MY STORY Era.
1. Moments “Original Mix”
2. Moments “Acoustic Piano Version”
3. Moments “Flying Humanoid Mix”
4. Moments “Original Mix -Instrumental-”
Moments, the powerful up-lifting ballad. It starts off with Ayumi singing La, la la la… You then begin to hear a piano then followed by drum beats and the guitar will make an appearance. The chorus is very beautiful when you hear it and the song itself sounds a bit magical, and right before it begins a guitar goes off. The chorus is also very catchy and leads into some great verses. The bridge is a mixture of the electric guitar with a piano I believe. After they stop playing Ayumi begins the final chorus, which sounds superb.
Moments “Acoustic Piano Version” is really the same just an acoustic piano for the main instrument. It sounds okay in my opinion, not my favorite mix. The chorus sounds less powerful with the piano as opposed to the drums, syntheic beats, and guitar.
Moments “Flying Humanoid Mix” is more of a dance track. Ayumi’s voice is distorted in this song. The beat of this song is actually amazing. You can hear jingle bells in this version along with a few more instruments.
Overall Review: Moments was such a beautiful single. The main track sounded so amazing and magnificent. The remixes were more or less good. But the single itself was amazing none the less. It was the perfect way to begin the MY STORY Era.
Final Grade: 100A+